NEW YORK - The Columbia baseball team knocked 21 hits and tallied 13 runs, while only allowing Cornell to score once in back-to-back wins over the Big Red Saturday at Satow Stadium. The Lions took game one by a score of 8-1, and then shutout Cornell, 5-0, in game two.
GAME ONE RECAP
David Speer threw his third complete game of the season, striking out seven and allowing one earned run to pick up his fourth win of the season for Columbia. He received quite a bit of support from his teammates at the plate, as the Lions scattered nine hits and accumulated eight runs to down Cornell in the series opener, 8-1.
The top of the order shined bright for the Lions, as both Jordan Serena and Alex Black went 2-for-3. Black also drove in two runs and crossed the plate twice, while Serena had one RBI and scored once.
Joey Falcone got the scoring going for the Lions in the bottom of the first with a one-out sacrifice fly to left field. The deep fly ball scored Serena who was on third base after he doubled down the left field line and was then award third when Cornell’s starting pitcher, Nick Busto, was called for a balk.
The teams made it through a scoreless second before the Columbia bats came alive again in the bottom of the third. The inning began with Eric Williams getting hit by a pitch and then moving up to second on Serena’s sacrifice bunt. Black then slammed a double to left field to notch his first RBI as Williams came around to score.
The inning continued with Joey Falcone singling to left, and he and Black moving up a base on a Ferraresi groundout. Aaron Silbar then came up with two outs and knocked a single back up the middle to plate the Lions’ base runners and increase the lead for Columbia to 4-0.
Cornell scored its first run in the top of the fifth with consecutive doubles from Conor McCabe and Kevin Tatum, but it would be the only blip of the day against Columbia.
Black immediately got the run back in the bottom half of the inning when he tattooed his fifth home run of the season over the right field wall.
The Lions piled on three more runs in the bottom of the sixth with Mike Fischer, Serena and Nick Ferraresi recording one RBI. The inning began with a David Vandercook triple and proceeded with a Fischer single to left center. Two batters later Serena hit a harder grounder between short and third and reached safely, while giving Nick Crucet the ability to score. Ferraresi closed out the scoring with a single through the left side that plated Williams and brought the Columbia advantage to 8-1.
Cornell would double its hits tally with two in the top of the seventh, but Speer closed out his 109-pitch performance, giving up just the four hits and dropping his ERA to a clean 2.0 on the year. Busto took the loss for Cornell, his first of the season.
GAME TWO RECAP
Joey Donino and Mike Weisman pitched a shutout gem in the second game Saturday afternoon at Satow Stadium, as the Lions’ offense generated 12 hits and five runs to sink the Big Red, 5-0.
Serena and Black each extended their stellar days at the plate, while Crucet got in on the action with a pair of hits of his own. Serena was nearly unstoppable at the dish, ripping four hits, scoring twice and driving in another run. Black again went 2-for-3 and walked twice, as did designated hitter Joey Falcone.
Columbia again raced out of the gates, registering four runs in the first three innings. Serena opened the hitting with a single in the bottom of the first and moved around to third on a wild pitch and Black single. Falcone loaded the bases with his first walk to bring Ferraresi to the plate. The senior grounded into a fielder’s choice, but provided an opportunity for the speedy Serena to score. The Big Red were able to limit the damage, stranding two Lions when Brent Jones recorded his first strikeout for Cornell.
The Lions came right back in the second with two more runs to extend their lead to 3-0. Serena knocked in the first run of the inning with a single to right field, plating Crucet who had singled earlier in the inning and worked his way around to third. Columbia notched its second run on a double steal play. Serena raced to second cleanly, but the throw back to home went off the catcher’s glove allowing Fischer to score.
The bottom of the third inning brought the Lions’ fourth run of the game with Fischer garnering credit for a sacrifice RBI. Columbia loaded the bases on a Ferraresi single, Vandercook walk and Crucet single to bring up Fischer with one out. The junior catcher then hit a high sacrifice fly to left to plate Ferraresi.
The Big Red threatened to break the shutout in the top of the sixth. Brenton Peters reached on an error and then moved over to third on a JD Whetsel double. Donino then got Chris Cruz to strike out swinging for the second out bringing up Ryan Plantier. The Cornell first baseman hit a solid grounder down the third base line where Vandercook snared it, spun and sent a rocket of throw across the diamond to end the inning and keep the Columbia shutout in tact.
Falcone drove in Columbia’s fifth run in the bottom of the eight, scoring Serena from third on a fielder’s choice play.
Mike Weisman came on in relief for Columbia in the seventh inning, throwing an efficient 36 pitches over the last three innings to preserve the shutout for the Lions. Donino moved to 4-0 on the year, giving up just three hits, while sitting down seven Big Red batters on just 74 pitches. Jones also suffered his first loss of the season, falling to 4-1 for the Big Red.
The Lions and Big Red are back out on Robertson Field at Satow Stadium Sunday for the final two games of the series, with first pitch slated for noon.
Photo: Members of the 2008 Ivy League Championship team were honored between games. Saturday.